2.9-magnitude earthquake rattles SC and NC

March 21, 2011 

CHESTERFIELD, S.C. (AP) – A small earthquake in South Carolina near the North Carolina state line has rattled homes and led more than 100 people to call 911.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the 2.9-magnitude quake struck just after 6 p.m. Monday between Chesterfield and Wadesboro, N.C.

Chesterfield County Emergency Management Director Harold Hainey says no damage or injuries were reported, but the 911 center got more than 100 calls from people who felt the ground shake.

In neighboring Anson County, N.C., Emergency Services Chief Rodney Diggs says he heard of about a dozen emergency calls, but also had no damage or injuries.

The South Carolina Seismic Network reports five other earthquakes of magnitude 2.0 or greater in the state in the past two years.


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